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Hall of Fame coach Herb Magee analyzes Ben Simmons' free throw shooting

Hall of Fame coach Herb Magee analyzes Ben Simmons' free throw shooting

“I think really the test is what you do at the foul line," according to Herb Magee.

The Hall of Fame coach with the nickname of "The Shot Doctor" knows a thing or two about shooting.

He talked with Amy Fadool recently about Ben Simmons' heavily scrutinized shot and analyzed the 23-year-old's form from the foul line.

Simmons bumped his free throw percentage from 56 percent as a rookie to 60 percent last season.

"I wish he would have experienced greater improvement because I believe his work warranted that," Brett Brown said in May.

The implications of Simmons knocking down free throws at a higher rate would be significant.

“If he gets it up to 75 [percent], maybe even 80, it’s going to add a point or two to his average," Magee said, "but also it’s going to stop teams from fouling him at the end of games to try to get the basketball.”

So, what does Magee see wrong in Simmons' foul shot and how can the All-Star point guard improve it?

Watch the video above for his analysis. 

And, if you want to learn from Magee himself, he has a clinic coming up on Aug. 18 at Jefferson University for players eight to 18 years old, and for coaches as well. Click here for information about how to register. 

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

There’s been a lot made of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons’ fit on the court. In the past, there have been rumblings of the pair not necessarily getting along off it.

During All-Star Weekend in Chicago, the pair seemed to get along swimmingly.

But there was this fun moment we likely all missed initially.

While it’s true that they’re very different people and may not be best friends, it seems like they have a mutual respect and admiration for one another.

Both players shined throughout the night. Simmons (17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals) put on a show during his first run, dunking everything in sight. Team Giannis basically ran their offense through Embiid (22 points, 10 rebounds, one ridiculous Dream Shake on LeBron) down the stretch.

Their chemistry appears to be growing. That could only help the Sixers as they look to go on a run in the final 27 games after the All-Star break.

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